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Aborigines Have High Jail Death Rate

Nineteen Australian Aborigines died in police cells and prisons in 1990 and 1991 despite a multimillion dollar inquiry aimed at stopping aboriginal deaths in custody, according to a recent report. The continued over-representation of Aborigines in Australian prisons was a major contributing factor, the report by the Australian Institute of Criminology said. The 19 aboriginal deaths represent 16.7 percent of the 114 deaths in custody over the two-year period. Aborigines account for only 1.5 percent of the Australian prison population.

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